Wednesday, June 6, 2012

100 Things to Do With a Toddler

Wondering what you can do with a toddler, besides turn on the TV? Sometimes a parent or caretaker could use a little inspiration to make time with a toddler more fun - and memorable.

I've had this list for so long that I can't remember where I got it. There is no author on my copy, so I can't give credit to anyone. Enjoy!
  1. Color
  2. Blow bubbles
  3. Play Hide-and-Seek
  4. Peek-a-Boo  
  5. Play chase
  6. Do fingerplays
  7. Sing a song
  8. Collect rocks in a basket
  9. Make an obstacle course out of cushions and/or furniture
  10. Make a fort out of cushions and sheets  
  11. Go for a walk
  12. Make a car out of a box
  13. Read a book
  14. Go to the park
  15. Fingerpaint
  16. Play with Play-Dough
  17. Toss bean bags into a bucket
  18. Play the shell and pea game  
  19. Dance to music  
  20. Practice putting things in and taking things out of boxes and bags  
  21. Make a temporary slide out of a table leaf and your couch  
  22. Roll a ball back and forth on the floor  
  23. Scoop dirt or sand into a child's bucket (or use a serving spoon and bowl)  
  24. Practice climbing by stacking boxes on top of each other (only with adult supervision)  
  25. Put on a puppet show  
  26. Go fishing with a yard stick and yarn  
  27. Make a horseshoe game  
  28. Make a shape puzzle  
  29. Play paper basketball  
  30. Run through a sprinkler  
  31. Play with a bucket of water and a sponge (PLEASE WATCH CHILD AT ALL TIMES!)  
  32. Make a drum out of an oatmeal box
  33. Play with a kazoo  
  34. Wash windows together  
  35. Bang on pots and pans with a spoon  
  36. Brush each other's teeth  
  37. Play dress-up with stuffed animals and your child's clothes  
  38. Stack canned or boxed food on top of each other  
  39. Let child stack mixing bowls inside each other  
  40. Make a playhouse out of a large box
  41. Let child play with a sticker sheet (make sure your child doesn't eat them!)  
  42. Put stickers on fingers for finger puppets  
  43. Play a musical instrument together- i.e.recorder, piano, etc.  
  44. Go on a smelling hunt  
  45. Frost cookies
  46. Plant a flower or vegetable plant together  
  47. Roll a tennis ball into an empty trash can or bucket  
  48. Draw on a mirror with dry-erase markers  
  49. Play hide and seek together- trying to find a stuffed animal or other object  
  50. Have a splash party together in the kiddie pool
  51. Put a leash on a stuffed animal and walk around the house  
  52. Record each other on a tape recorder (great for scrapbooks or journals!)  
  53. Make and try on paper hats
  54. Give a piggie back ride
  55. Play "Horsie"
  56. Talk into an electric fan (it distorts your voice)
  57. Play tug-of-war with a blanket
  58. Collect flowers (felt, artificial, real...)
  59. Make a camera and go on a Safari
  60. Play games with frozen juice lids
  61. Disconnect your phone and pretend to make phone calls to relatives
  62. Leave your phone connected and really make phone calls to relatives- let your child talk too
  63. String large beads onto or along a shoelace
  64. Squirt each other with squirt bottles
  65. Glue shapes onto paper
  66. Make sock puppets
  67. Make paper puppets
  68. Fill an old purse with toys
  69. Use a paper towel tube as a megaphone
  70. Make binoculars and go "Bird Watching" or "Stuffed Animal Watching"  
  71. Put snacks in different fun containers (paper sacks, empty canisters, etc.) 
  72. Act out a story from a book
  73. Walk on a balance beam- use a 2x4 placed on the ground  
  74. Draw with chalk on the sidewalk  
  75. Sketch an outline of your child on the sidewalk or paper with chalk  
  76. Paint child's palms with tempura paint and blot on paper. Makes a great card for loved ones!
  77.  Put lipstick on child and kiss a mirror  
  78. Make a puddle on cement and splash barefoot in it  
  79. Let child decorate and eat an open peanut butter sandwich  
  80. Make a toilet paper barricade for child to go under, over, or through  
  81. Do the Hokey Pokey
  82. Make a super-hero costume out of household items  
  83. Do knee-bouncing rhymes  
  84. Play "Red Light, Green Light" saying "Go" and "Stop"  
  85. Make a shoebox train for stuffed animals  
  86. Make a pillow pile to jump on (keep it clear from any hard surfaces, including walls!)  
  87. Make an easy puzzle with felt and velcro  
  88. Make bracelets or collars for stuffed animals out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells  
  89. Learn numbers from a deck of cards  
  90. Play the matching game with a deck of cards  
  91. Make a domino chain  
  92. Have a picnic in the park, backyard, or living room!  
  93. Play dress up in Mommy or Daddy's clothes  
  94. Make a tin cup telephone and talk to each other in it  
  95. Make a nature collage  
  96. Mirror each other  
  97. Make a "Mummy Mommy" with toilet paper  
  98. Make a tape recording of short music selections and instructions to move in different ways
  99. Make and walk along a toilet paper trail  
  100. TAKE A NAP!!

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